Thu 09 May 7.45pm
Crumlin Star (n)
IFA Intermediate Cup Final
NAFL Division 2B
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Queen’s Colts 5 Drumbo IIs 2
Colts collect first victory in style.
Drumbo 2nds were the visitors to the Dub this weekend to take on a much depleted Queen’s Colts team who lined up without hat-trick hero David Kennedy (concussed playing in the colleges league on Wednesday), groin strain victim Liam Devlin and unavailable exciting midfielder Nial Greenlees. Robin Renwick captained the team in Devlin’s absence and Fintan Devine was given a central midfield berth. Kyle McCullough was taken ill during the warm-up and was only fit to be a substitute.
Drumbo had the better of the early exchanges with long punts from their keeper causing some issues at the heart of the student’s defence. However, after some positive clean-up work by Lewsley in goal the students began to assert themselves on the match. After some good pressing by Bravo and Boyd a Drumbo centre-back misplaced a defensive header onto his own crossbar allowing the alert Andrew White to follow up and an tap into an empty net. Queen’s – with three more debutants in the starting line-up – took control of the game when the home team were awarded a penalty kick for a trip in the box. Robin Renwick took on the responsibility and fired a bullet-like shot into the roof of the net to give the Colts a deserved 2-0 lead.
Queens were now firmly in control and it was no surprise when after good work down the left Nacho Bravo converted a low cross at the back post to make it 3-0. The students continued to out-pass their opponents with some very attractive play. Bravo and Devine worked tirelessly and both produced sublime pieces of skill on several occasions.
Half-time – Colts 3 – 0 Drumbo
Queen’s continued where they left off in the first half with White causing all sorts of problems for the visitors. After a mix-up which resulted in a poor clearance by the Drumbo keeper Devine won the ball and fed last season’s top scorer Jonny Boyd. Boyd – aware of an unprotected goal – turned and fired in from fully forty yards to the delight of his team-mates and coaches. Shortly afterwards a glanced header by Andrew White from a well-delivered free-kick made it 5-0 to the students.
Drumbo scored a couple of consolation goals as Queen’s began to tire but the victory was never really in doubt on a day when Queen’s simply out-footballed the opposition. Special mention to a very good referee and to both sets of players for a sporting game played in the right spirit.
This was very encouraging performance from this largely new group of players in just the second game of the season. As fitness and understanding grows we can hopefully look forward to another very solid year. More new faces will make their bow in the coming weeks as manager McArthur searches for his strongest line-up.
Andrew White was the pick of many good performances in a solid all-round team display.
Next up is the visit of unbeaten league leaders Aquinas 2nds to the Dub – a real test for this fledgling group.
Result: Queen’s colts 5 – 2 Drumbo 2nds